Unreal Engine Keeps Crashing - Need Help!

Hi everyone,

I’m facing a persistent issue with Unreal Engine crashing, and I’ve tried almost everything to fix it, but nothing seems to work. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Reinstalled Unreal Engine multiple times
  • Formatted my PC
  • Reinstalled my graphics drivers
  • Tried earlier versions of UE

Despite these efforts, I can’t even open an empty project without it crashing almost immediately. This is incredibly frustrating. I’ve attached my latest crash log below in the hopes that someone can help me diagnose the issue. Any assistance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Hey @Viggohf! Welcome to the forums!

A few questions to help get things started:

  • What are your current hardware specs?
  • What engine version are you attempting to use?
  • Have you tried verifying your engine files?

Any additional specifics you provide may go a long way in solving your problem!


  • My specs are: RTX 4080, Intel i9, and 64GB RAM, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I currently have version 5.4 installed, but I also had the issue with earlier versions.
  • And yes, I have tried to verify the engine files.

Hey @Viggohf,

Since this looks to be related to your shaders, there may be a setting active or error that is making Unreal unable to function.

Here are the instructions to do so. These instructions come from Nividia and not from Epic Games:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Click Manage 3D Settings.
  3. Click the Global Settings tab.
  4. In the upper-right corner, click Restore Defaults.

Let me know if this works for you.

Thanks for the suggestion!

I tried it out, but with no luck unfortunately :confused:

Hey @Viggohf,

If that is the case and if you have not done so already, please add Editor Symbols for debugging to our engine version and see if the output changes any of the information you are getting. And just to double check you are are getting these crashes on blank projects is that correct?

Hello @Quetzalcodename,

I just tried turning ‘Editor Symbols for debugging’ on in the launcher, and when I launched Unreal Engine again, I got blue screen of death :sweat_smile:

And yes, I’m getting these crashes on blank projects!